Destination guide

The riverside setting of Scottish Borders is ready to explore

The area's monuments and history are just a few of the reasons to vacation in Scottish Borders. This welcoming and relaxing city is known for its riverfront, restaurants and bars. With a vacation rental, you get a home away from home—many rentals offer full kitchens and outdoor grills for some home cooking.

Activities

Activities and attractions in Scottish Borders

Are you looking for top things to see and do while you're in the area? Venture out of your cozy vacation rental and check out everything that makes Scottish Borders a fun place to get away. Here are some of the top attractions to explore, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Royal Commonwealth Pool (29.3 mi / 47.1 km)
  • Our Dynamic Earth (30 mi / 48.2 km)
  • Kelso Racecourse (13.8 mi / 22.3 km)
  • Great Polish Map of Scotland (19.2 mi / 30.9 km)
  • Kielder Observatory (24.7 mi / 39.8 km)
  • Butterfly and Insect World (25.2 mi / 40.6 km)
Natural highlights

Exploring the natural landscape of Scottish Borders

Scottish Borders is famous for its stunning river views and picturesque gardens. Whether you're looking for adventure or just want to appreciate the scenery, Scottish Borders is a great place to get outside. These are a few of the area's most stunning natural features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Arthur's Seat (29.9 mi / 48 km)
  • Northumberland National Park (28.7 mi / 46.1 km)
  • Holyrood Park (29 mi / 46.7 km)
  • Three Brethren (4.5 mi / 7.2 km)
  • Kailzie Gardens (14.5 mi / 23.3 km)
  • St Mary's Loch (16.5 mi / 26.6 km)
Transport

How to get to and around Scottish Borders

The nearest airport is in Edinburgh (EDI), located 34.1 mi (54.9 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you could book a flight to Carlisle (CAX), which is 43.8 mi (70.5 km) away.

If you prefer to travel by train, Tweedbank Station, Galashiels Station and Stow Station are the main stations in the area.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Scottish Borders?

There are many lovely places to stay for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Scottish Borders. From HomeAway travellers, the popular destinations to visit are:

  • Hawick: 208 holiday homes
  • Duns: 396 holiday homes
  • Selkirk: 210 holiday homes
  • Kelso: 366 holiday homes
  • Peebles: 124 holiday homes

HomeAway offers you the possibility to discover many other popular destinations in Scottish Borders! Please use our search bar to access the selection of self catering accommodations available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Scottish Borders?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the cities in Scottish Borders with the largest selection of holiday lettings for a perfect city break:

  • Hawick: 208 holiday lettings
  • Duns: 396 holiday lettings
  • Selkirk: 210 holiday lettings
  • Kelso: 366 holiday lettings
  • Peebles: 124 holiday lettings

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday homes available.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near in Scottish Borders?

HomeAway offers a large selection of holiday lettings near great places to visit in Scottish Borders. From HomeAway travellers, the top popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Kelso Racecourse: 419 holiday rentals
  • Sir Walter Scott's Courtroom: 256 holiday rentals
  • Halliwell's House Museum: 252 holiday rentals
  • Floors Castle: 421 holiday rentals
  • Melrose Abbey: 296 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Scottish Borders listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection of holiday accommodations.